Category: Foraging

Mushrooms, Finally

By , August 31, 2018

We’re finally seeing mushrooms around the peninsula.

After early hope, brought on by chanterelle buttons (see Popping Buttons), the mushroom season has, as always, advanced at its own inscrutable pace.

Usually, we start looking for chicken of the woods, also called sulfur shelf, in early July. Many years we miss it, because we’re busy with Independence Day activities. This year, July came and went without much sign of the neon orange fungus.

Earlier this month, Aly began finding it, and, perhaps because it arrived when we’re more “in mushroom mode” as it were, we ate a lot of it. We began to wonder if other mushrooms would arrive late as well.

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Michelle’s capful of chanterelles and Aly’s latest bolete (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Popping Buttons

By , July 20, 2018

On July 14th, on my way to the road to greet and guide in visitors, a vague flash of color on the ground near the trail caught my attention. Leaving the trail to examine the place, I found the first chanterelle button I’ve seen this year.

 

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Our first chanterelle button of the year (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

On the way back home, passing by another known chanterelle patch, I found a second one, bigger than the first.

This is slightly early for chanterelles here, although in 2010, I found a king bolete on July 10 (see Mushrooms!). Adding the fact that we’re technically in the middle of a drought here (see “Real” Rain) the appearance of these two mushrooms gives us great hope.

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The second-found, larger chanterelle button (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Since those first sightings, other buttons have appeared around these two. I also checked the one consistently reliable chanterelle patch on our property, and found a healthy scattering of very tiny buttons. It won’t be long now before we’re enjoying wild mushrooms again (see Gourmet Delicacies for Free: Foraging for Mushrooms)!

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